When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, we take on a new name and inheritance. We forsake the things of this world and cling to receive the living word of God. We take off the old and put on the new and our hearts are continuously molded as we are purged by the Holy Spirit to have the mind of Christ so that our behavior is indicative as well.

We indeed are changed from filthy rags to spiritually rich, but first we must choose to have our lives changed by asking God into our hearts to be our Savior and forgive our sins. We then become the righteousness of Christ, justified, redeemed and set apart to do the will of the Lord. We choose and make choices many times throughout the days of our lives. Some perceptions we’ve had in our minds we wanted to come to fruition because we were guided by our own ambitions and selfish desires.

Some may have turned out as planned but, oftentimes, our imaginations are perfect mental images, while our plans take some twists and turns. Salvation and having eternal life is free and nothing and no one can change or take that away from you. We are sealed by the Holy Ghost until the day of redemption when we accept Jesus into our lives. Your salvation is secure.

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” — John 10:28-30

I encourage you to try Jesus. Until then, you’ve yet to have an experience. Desire is dangerous when we choose to believe in our hearts because change occurs, causing harm to the enemy’s plans, past, present, and future. Faith is as we think in our hearts and is the means by which we inherit the promises of God and a lineage that’s sound and promises to protect us in every facet of life.

If everything was all right, there would be no heaven. Hope comes when we recognize that we live in a fallen world and our sins need forgiven. We need Jesus Christ to redeem us by the blood of the Lamb, His finished work at Calvary.

A big key to mental health is therapy, understanding and knowing the breakdown of what has or is occurring. Then, there’s hope, taking the necessary steps toward healing. The basis and schematics for what we go through is to acknowledge the problem, whether it’s physical or spiritual and determine how we are to come to a resolve. Whether it’s a physical or spiritual feat, sometimes it takes time and perseverance to see what you are called to do. Adversity of any kind maligns you for a greater purpose. When we’ve come to the understanding that Jesus holds the whole world in His hands and the earth is His footstool and the fullness thereof, we then know that Jesus is the answer.

As children of God we can count all joy when we come into diverse situations and trials. Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6). Salvation is a thirst that is relieved by the one who created us. In Him is the peace that we thirst for, our purpose is revealed, and our souls are saved, as in Romans 10:9.

May you be enlightened and God will begin a new work in you and those around you will know whose you are. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at pyoung-col@newsargus.com.